Friday, March 27, 2020

Trade Isolation Time for Free Money for College

A long time ago, when a semester of college cost about the same as a week’s worth of groceries for a family of four, students didn’t spend much time applying for scholarships. They didn’t need to, even college textbooks were inexpensive. Those days are gone. Students and their families need to start looking for scholarships and grants and applying for them much earlier. Some college scholarships are even awarded to children in elementary and middle school.

So if you’re in high school, and you haven’t applied for free money yet, just know someone else has. If you don’t get started now, free money will be harder to find. But don’t panic quite yet, (unless you’re a high school senior). The calendar is trying to help you out.

At the present time, millions of students are home, since their schools are closed because of the Coronavirus. I’m sure many of them are playing video games, watching movies or texting friends. The sharpest ones, however, are using this free time to find free money. Those are the students who see free time as an opportunity, and use it to find and apply for college scholarships.

Each high school has at least one counselor or clerk who is the most knowledgeable when it comes to everything college. If you’ve made friends with this person you’ll learn as much as possible about scholarships and grants. You might even find he/she is still available online. If you want help making a list of scholarships, email your counselor. then use your free time to apply daily for any that look good.

Creating a plan will allow you to take advantage of found time. While others are bored, you’re looking for gold. While they’re fooling around on Instagram, you’re finding free money for college. Find and apply for as many local scholarships as you can every day. Apply for those offered by your colleges of choice too, of course. Quickly apply for huge scholarships you find offered by foundations and companies.

Use any source available to you. There are many scholarships listed online. Go to my Twitter feed, @ElizaWallace27, and you’ll find several scholarships I’ve come across. Follow the links to the Twitter accounts of people who focus on scholarships to find even more. Be sure to check out any scholarship you find before applying. Make sure it’s real, still available and will cost you nothing to apply but time. Then, go for it. Repeat this process over and over until you’ve graduated from college debt free. 

To learn more, you'll want my new book, Free College, on Amazon (Click Here to Buy). How to avoid needing college loans; for families of Pre-K through High School students.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Holiday Gifts for Teens

Often when meeting parents at Back to School Night, they would ask me what they could give their children for Christmas or their birthday that would help them get ahead. I loved this question, and soon began writing a list of gift ideas on the board before any parent meeting. Here’s the list I would write on the board this year, (if I was still in the classroom) and the ages when I would give them:

1.   Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students by Sean Covey – Age 13
2.   Personality Plus by Florence Littauer – Age 14
3.   The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz – Age 15
4.   Free $ for College for Dummies by David Rosen and Caryn Mladen – Age 16
5.   The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner – Age 17
6.   The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley – Age 18

Of course, it would be unethical to suggest families buy my own book, Free College, if I was still in the classroom, but I’m not. So, long before your child is thirteen, you need a copy of Free College. It’s for all families of Pre-K through high school students (college bound or not). Like the strategy in this article, parents start the process and students take over as they mature.  

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For daily updates to help students earn free money for college, check out my Twitter feed, @elizawallace27. For even more information on college planning and scholarships, you’ll want my new book, Free College. It’s for families of Pre-K through High School students.  Scroll to the top of this page, click on the image of my book on the right, and buy it now from Amazon. 

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